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Ray Davis named “control person” of the Texas Rangers

Nov 14, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

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Nolan Ryan used to be the Texas Rangers’ “control person.” Now it’s Ray Davis, who was ratified as such by the owners and Bud Selig today down at the owners’ meetings in Orlando.

Not that that means he really controls the Rangers the way we normally think of that term. It just means that he is the person who is accountable to Major League Baseball for the operation of the Club and for the Club’s compliance with the rules of Baseball. The guy Bud calls on the carpet if things are bad and the guy who gets to appear at celebratory press conferences if things are good.

Sometimes the control person actually runs the team. Sometimes he’s just the face while more anonymous monied interests retain control a la a board of directors or something. The Rangers are like that. The Giants are too. So don’t necessarily get used to stories about “Ray Davis calling the shots in Texas.”

And that’s the case even if people liked to pretend that Nolan Ryan did that when he was the control person before Davis.

  1. nbjays - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    He’ll be the “off-field” control person, leaving the “on-field” duties to Brian McCann (if they sign him).

  2. xdj511 - Nov 14, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Why is the lead singer of the Kinks running the Rangers? Oh, nevermind. There’s an E missing.

    • moogro - Nov 14, 2013 at 5:57 PM

      Thumb sideways? No, two thumbs sideways. Way sideways.

  3. natstowngreg - Nov 14, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Sounds like an exterminator. His critical task will be to go around The Ballpark at Arlington with spray cans of pesticide.

    Folks like to say that Nolan Ryan ran the Rangers because he’s famous. However, there’s a difference between actually running something, and being the “public face.” See Johnson, Magic. I don’t know how much Nolan Ryan actually controlled, but would bet it was a lot more than Magic.

    From the available evidence, the Nats’ “control person” is Mark Lerner, son of prinicpal owner Ted Lerner. [Nats ownership, like the Lerners’ real estate development empire, is a family business.] To the extent ownership is ever heard from — it happens rarely — Mark Lerner is the owner who does the talking.

  4. bendover09 - Nov 14, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Ray & Bob are the multi-Billionaires , not Ryan.. Ryan should’ve never been the “controlled” owneer in the first place. They should’ve just gave him the title , sit down and look pretty with your wife.

  5. hunterbishop2013 - Nov 15, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    How long will a manager have to make the decision to challenge and will the manager have the benefit of seeing the replay?

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